Making a Positive Impact on Local and Global Communities
The Master of Arts in International Development and Service (MA IDS) program is offered by Concordia University in partnership with a variety of international organizations. It is designed for students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree and want to pursue a master’s degree that combines the rigor of scholarly study with meaningful service opportunity.
Working across disciplines and looking through multiple cultural lenses, students generate innovative research, practices, and technologies to address development issues in ways that foster creative, long term and constructive social change. Drawing from fields such as public health, peacebuilding, global nonprofit management, human rights, environmental sustainability, and migration studies, this degree educates students towards professional careers within inter-governmental agencies, NGOs, and community development organizations.
During the program, students spend time taking classes on Concordia’s campus in Portland, Oregon; they also travel to other global locations to learn from local scholars, politicians, development practitioners, and civil society leaders. Current site options for the fall 2016 cohort are Northern Ireland, Uganda, and Ecuador. The MA IDS living classroom pushes students beyond mere cultural immersion. They are intentionally confronted with “development” complexities that two-thirds of the world faces every day. An additional part of their field study includes working and researching within various organizations in the community through service-learning engagement. The next MA IDS cohort begins in fall 2016 (August).